General Mills Issues Voluntary Flour Recall Over Multi-State E. Coli Outbreak
By Cooking Panda
General Mills has issued a major voluntary recall of all products sold under its Gold Medal Flour label, in order to investigate an ongoing, multi-state outbreak of E. coli. According to the company’s statement, E. coli has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility to date.
“As a leading provider of flour for 150 years, we felt it was important to not only recall the product and replace it for consumers if there was any doubt, but also to take this opportunity to remind our consumers how to safely handle flour,” said Liz Nordlie, president of General Mills Baking division, as written on the company’s recall statement.
Of the 38 recorded occurrences under investigation, the CDC found that approximately half of the individuals reported making something homemade with flour at some point prior to becoming ill; some of those ill consumers may have also consumed raw batter or dough, which General Mills does not recommend.
“Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling,” states the company’s recall.
“Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.”
While most strains of E. coli are harmless, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that has been known to cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea; Seniors, infants, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to forborne illness.
If you are a consumer who is concerned about an illness, or have been diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli, General Mills urges you to contact state and local public health authorities.
Read the full General Mills recall statement here for a full list of products affected by the recall.e-coli, flour, General Mills, recall
Listeria Outbreak Prompts Massive Frozen Food Recall
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CRF Frozen Foods is expanding its voluntary recall to include all frozen fruit and vegetable products produced in its Pasco, WA, facility since May 2014 due to possible Listeria contamination.
As of April 25, all operations at the facility have been suspended, so a thorough review could be conducted.
The voluntary recall is being performed as a precaution in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and includes approximately 358 different products sold under 42 separate brands, according to a CRF Frozen Foods press release. Frozen kale, carrots, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, peas and onions are among the long list of possibly affected products.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that “can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” reads the CRF announcement, as posted on the FDA website.
“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
According to the CDC, the government has already identified seven people from three states who have fallen ill and were later hospitalized due to Listeria. Reportedly, some of these illnesses were linked to the consumption of CRF-manufactured or processed products.
The CDC also reportedly informed CRF Frozen Foods that of these seven affected individuals, two later died. However, Listeria was not the cause of death in either of the two people.
All potentially affected products have the “best by” dates or “sell by” dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. All retailers who received the products have been contacted, and are complying accordingly with the recall.
As a precaution, consumers of the potentially contaminated products have been advised to return the purchased items to the store for a refund, or discard them. CRF has additionally invited consumers to call its hotline at 844-483-3866 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST weekdays for any questions or concerns.
Visit the FDA website here for the complete list of brand names, food items, and retailers subject to the recall.
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